Jordanian Monarch, Abdullah II, received on Saturday Lebanon's Defense Minister Elias Bou Saab, who is currently present in Jordan to partake in the World Economic Forum held in the Dead Sea.

Bou Saab conveyed to King Abdullah the warm greetings of President Michel Aoun, who in turn expressed his great respect for the Lebanese President and people, praising the strong bilateral relations between the two countries.

Both men discussed the common problems shared by Lebanon and Jordan and the solutions to be adopted in the interest of both states. In this context, talks touched on Jordan's previous aids to Lebanon and the possible military cooperation in the future.

Following his encounter with the King of Jordan, Minister Bou Saab held a meeting with Jordanian Prime Minister, Defense Minister Omar Al-Razzaz. Talks centered on economic cooperation in all fields, stressing the need to organize work meetings between the Governments of Lebanon and Jordan through the concerned ministries to develop ways of cooperation, whether in the electricity or water dossier which was raised by Speaker Nabih Berri during his recent visit to Jordan.

Furthermore, and on the sidelines of the Economic Forum, Bou Saab also participated in a panel discussion attended by Jordan and Oman's Foreign Ministers, Ayman Safadi and Youssef ben Alawi ben Abdallah, and Holland's Minister of International Trade and Development Cooperation, Sigrid Kaag.

In a press release by Minister Bou Saab's media office, it indicated that the panel discussion focused on the regional crisis, the basis of which is the Israeli occupation of Arab territories.

"We do not have to go to Israel. We are talking to the international community, which has supported Israel and strengthened it, so the solution is to pressure Israel through it [international community] to stop its occupation of Arab lands," said Bou Saab in his intervention at the panel in response to a question if they were ready to talk to Israel to solve the problem. It was remarkably noted herein that participants stressed the Syrian identity of the Golan and Israel's occupation of it.

"The solution begins with resolving the crisis, which is Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territories. This constitutes a gateway to a comprehensive solution in the region," Bou Saab underlined.

Touching on the displaced Syrians' issue and its repercussions on Lebanon, Bou Saab emphasized "the need for the international community's cooperation to resolve this crisis, since Lebanon can no longer bear its economic, security and social burdens."

"Lebanon has won militarily against the terrorists, but this does not mean that they will not be reinvigorated, especially after they have lost in Syria," warned Bou Saab, pointing out that "they are now a threat to the international community as a whole, which entails cooperation among all its [international community's] constituents to combat and eliminate the terrorist ideology."

Source: National News Agency

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